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    Chippendale Style Furniture

    18th Century Antiques Chippendale English Furniture

    Chippendale Style Furniture

    An archetype of the finest English design and craftsmanship, Chippendale style furniture originated with cabinetmaker Thomas Chippendale in the 18th century.  The style was immediately popular and adopted across Europe and America – and it continues to be a favored style for sophisticated and traditional interiors today.  Drawing inspiration from Gothic, Rococo and Chinese design, original-inspired Chippendale furnishings are often variable in their overall aesthetic but are consistent in their aura of luxury and elegance.  Essential to Chippendale-style furniture is the use of fine hardwoods, such as mahogany and walnut, and often the presence of a dark finish, which emulates...

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    Arts and Crafts Movement

    Arts and Crafts Interior Decorating

    Arts and Crafts Movement

    The Arts and Crafts movement was an international trend in the decorative and fine arts that began in Britain and flourished in Europe and North America between about 1880 and 1920, emerging in Japan in the 1920s as the Mingei movement.  It stood for traditional craftsmanship using simple forms, and often used medieval, romantic, or folk styles of decoration. It advocated economic and social reform and was essentially anti-industrial.  It had a strong influence on the arts in Europe until it was displaced by Modernism in the 1930s, and its influence continued among craft makers, designers, and town planners long...

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    Adam Frans van der Meulen

    17th Century Adam Frans van der Meulen Chateaux Fine Art Flemish Hunting Landscape Military Paintings Portrait

    Adam Frans van der Meulen

    Adam Frans van der Meulen or Adam-François van der Meulen (11 January 1632 – 15 October 1690) was a Flemish painter and draughtsman who was particularly known for his scenes of military campaigns and conquests. Adam Francois van der Meulen also painted portraits, hunting scenes, paintings of chateaux and landscapes.  He created designs for prints and cartoons for tapestries.  He worked in the service of the French king Louis XIV of France for whom he painted his victories, his new possessions and portraits.  He was instrumental in building the propagandistic image of the French king as the 'Sun King'.  His...

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    Baroque Style Art and Architecture

    Antiques Baroque Interior Decorating Italian

    Baroque Style Art and Architecture

    Baroque came to be used to describe anything irregular, bizarre, or otherwise departing from established rules and proportions. 

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    Regency Style Art and Architecture

    Antiques Charles Tatham Chinese Export Egyptian English Furniture George IV George Smith Greek Henry Holland Interior Decorating John Nash Regency Roman Thomas Hope Thomas Sheraton

    Regency Style Art and Architecture

    Regency style, decorative arts produced during the regency of George, prince of Wales, and during his entire reign as King George IV of England, ending in 1830.  The major source of inspiration for Regency taste was found in Greek and Roman antiquity, from which designers borrowed both structural and ornamental elements.  The classical revival of Regency style, emphasizing purity of detail and structure, adhered to a stricter archaeological interpretation of antique modes than either the Neoclassicism of the 18th century or the concurrent French Empire style.  An exuberant taste for Egyptian motifs resulted from the Napoleonic expeditions to Egypt in...

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